01 March 2019
Stenhousemuir v Brechin City - Match Preview
It's 10th against 9th tomorrow as City travel to Stenhousemuir for a crucial League One fixture in what can undoubtedly be labelled as a "six pointer".
A win for City at Ochilview could see Barry Smith's side open up a 5 point gap at the foot of the table with a game in hand - whilst a defeat would see City drop to the foot of the division for the first time this season.
The Brechin City squad welcomed 2 new faces this week with the addition of experienced midfielder Mikey Miller and young St Mirren loanee striker Sam Jamieson. Both come into contention for the clash at Ochilview at a time when player selection remains a challenge for the Management Team of Barry Smith and Stevie Campbell. Definitely missing are the injured quartet of Dene Shields, Callum Tapping, Jordan Sinclair and Sean Burns, along with impressive January recruit Craig Thomson. The former East Fife man serves a one match suspension having received what most would regard as 2 harsh yellow cards against Stranraer last weekend. Of concern to those of a City persuasion are injury doubts over the experienced Dougie Hill, Lewis Toshney and Andy Jackson - whose chances are rated only at 50/50.
Manager Barry Smith was at pains to point out that everyone in the squad is desperate to play. "It's a testament to the players' attitude and spirit that, even when less than fully fit, they're all incredibly keen to play and contribute to the cause," said the City boss. Commenting on the 2 new recruits, Barry said "Mikey is an experienced central midfielder who spent a considerable time in the Celtic youth set up where he was highly thought of, and it was during this time he gained Scotland caps at U18's, U19's and U20's level." On the arrival of striker Sam Jamieson, Barry said, "We're delighted to bring Sam in. He's really well thought of at St Mirren. He's strong, plays on the shoulder and has the ability to get in behind defenders. He is a different type of striker to that we have here already, and St Mirren are keen to see him get first team action for us."
The referee tomorrow will be Craig Napier - assisted by Graham Chambers and Simon MacLean. The last City game Napier officiated was a 4-1 defeat away from home against Dumbarton in December.
City supporters will be housed in the Norway Stand. Admission prices have been confirmed as follows:
- Adult £13
- Concession (OAP's, Student Card) £8
- Under 16's £3
The Supporters Club are running a coach to the game which will leave Mackie Motors Bus Stance at 10:45am and thereafter from St Ninians Square at 11am. To book a seat on the bus, please contact Ann-Marie on 07725 761429 or alternatively, leave your name on the Supporters Club facebook page. The coach is available to sponsor.
Stenhousemuir 1-0 Brechin City - 4th August 2018
City travelled to Ochilview for the opening league game of the season back in August hoping to get off to a winning start. They would leave empty handed after an early own goal by Dougie Hill handed 10-man Warriors all three points.
Brechin City 1-2 Stenhousemuir - 8th December 2018
There would be further disappointment for City against the Warriors in the return fixture at Glebe Park. Mark McGuigan gave the visitors an early lead from the penalty spot however Jordan Sinclair equalised on the stroke of half time for City. Alan Cook pounced 12 minutes from time to earn Stenny a crucial three points which closed the gap at the bottom of the table to just one point.